- 5SING (5S)
A Chinese music sharing site for musicians.
A fan-created term used to describe VOCALOIDs created by the company AH-Software. Example of a notable AHloid would be SF-A2 miki.
ALYS was planned to be VoxWave's first VOCALOID, as well as the first French language VOCALOID. She was going to be for the VOCALOID3 engine and would have both a French and a Japanese voicebank if her crowdfunding campaign succeeds. However, on July 12, 2014, it was announced that ALYS would be available for the CeVIO Creative Studio engine and the VOCALOID project was dropped. On December 11, it was announced that ALYS would release on March 10, this time for Alter/Ego.
On February 15, 2014, a video was posted to VoxWave's YouTube channel which gave another sample of the voice provider, and also revealed the provider to be Poucet, a Youtube-based utaite.
According to VoxWave, the main reasons behind picking the design was that she: Looks like a virtual singer while maintaining a human-like appearance and fits ALYS's soft and dynamic voice. She was not to look too French, as to appeal to both French- and non-French-speaking people, this would make it easy for producers to adjust the design for PVs, Illustrations, etc. A manga-styled was to appeal to the Japanese audience, and acts as a bridge between French and Japanese cultures, while her blue color scheme gave off a futuristic mood.
VoxWave has also mentioned that the pearl on her braid was added by their request as a way to make ALYS stand out.
Saphirya revealed that to create the design, she researched recent VOCALOIDs to see what she felt she should and shouldn't do. The headphones were originally meant to be mechanical flowers. She was also inspired by the character designs of Hyperdimsension Neptunia.
- See also: Image of mascot
A fan-created term used to describe a mocking representation of fanmade characters that considered uncreative due to lack effort in creation. Be it their design, voice, or name. An example of a notable Annoyloid would Kawaiine Kagami.
A music streaming website. It is popular with Western producers who want to share their works or receive optional payment for their original content.
- Big Al's syndrome
A joke term used in some Western VOCALOID fan circles. It describes VOCALOIDs that are given a release and then is delayed.
A Chinese video-sharing site which contains most of the original VOCALOID songs in Chinese. The functions of the site are similar to NicoNico Douga.
- Boxart (illustration)
Boxart is the picture on a VOCALOID's DVD copy. Some VOCALOIDs are for download only and thus don't have a boxart but do have official illustration.
- Britloid (UKloid)
A fan-created term used to describe VOCALOIDs originating in the United Kingdom and capable of singing in the English language. The term largely applies to VOCALOIDs from the company Zero-G. An example of a notable Britloid would be MIRIAM.
A term to describe the act of fans (usually amateurs) covering a known song by singing. Since this is online, it involves recordings of individual dubs, which are afterwards combined to create a chorus.
A term to describe the act of a fan (usually an amateur) covering a known song by either singing or instrumental recreation.
A term used to describe the act of removing or disabling a software's protective features in order to manipulate the product for personal or illegal use. This could be the usage of programs such as POCALOID in order to access distributed copies of VOCALOID software and voice banks without the official product keys.
A Korean video-sharing site which contains most of the original VOCALOID songs in Korean. The functions of the site are similar to NicoNico Douga.
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A fan-created term used to insult those who only fixate on the most popular audio company, Crypton Future Media, and seem to ignore all others. This is not to be confused with a "newbie" fan, who hasn't had as much information on VOCALOID yet and only knows Crypton's VOCALOIDs.
A fan-created term used to describe VOCALOIDs originating from Crypton Future Media. An example of a Cryptonloid is Hatsune Miku, who is also the most famous.
This is the conjectured title of CV04β or simply 「新しい男声VOCALOID」 (New Male VOCALOID), given to a Japanese male vocal that was speculated to be apart of the Character Vocal Series, a set of vocals by Crypton Future Media, Inc.. However, Crypton confirmed that they would instead focus on updating existing VOCALOID2 vocals before any new vocals would be considered, leaving this project (along with Project if...) with no further news.
The existence of a 'new' male vocal had been known as early as October 2009. The voice provider was said to have volunteered for the job and was also a client of the company. The voice was described as a youthful male vocal. At the time of CV04 's known existence, Crypton was working on several voicebanks and they had not announced which voicebank would be said vocal, but had noted CV04 was not part of Project If.... However, another report confirmed Crypton was behind schedule due to being taken aback by the popularity of CV01, Hatsune Miku, this had caused delays on their developing VOCALOID2 projects and resulting in many projects not seeing developments by the time the retirement of the VOCALOID2 engine approached.
- Database (DB)
Also called a "voice database" or "voice bank", is a term to describe the set of samples required for the VOCALOID or UTAU software to sing in a particular character's voice.
A term used to describe fanmade characters that are inspired by YAMAHA's Vocal Synthesizer Tool VOCALOID. In the Japanese fandom, they are often referred to as a VOCALOID variant (亜種) / derivative (派生キャラ). An example of a notable derivative would be Akita Neru.
- Desktop Music,
Commonly abbreviated to DTM, is a wasei-eigo (a kind of Japanese pseudo-Anglicisms) and what is called computer music in English. It includes music sequencers or singing synthesizer application softwares, such as Vocaloid and UTAU, and also sometimes it is used as any music that has been created using computing technology or activities of creating music with computers in Japan.
- DeviantART (dA)
An English website where people can post artwork for others to see and use.
- Dong Fang Zhi Zi
Her presence was known on the internet around early May 2012, but searching her pinyin name reveals work from early March 2012. It is unknown how long her development was before the mentioned date.
In January 2013, Dong Fang Zhi Zi received an UTAU voicebank voiced by Shan Shan. She, along with 34 other Mandarin UTAU voicebanks, Yu Niaoniao, Luo Tianyi, KAITO, and VY2, were featured in a cover of a Chinese song called "Tomorrow Will Be Better". Her voicebank was a monopitch single sound bank, with Mandarin sounds only, though she can sing in Japanese with proper aliasing and configuration. There are reviews that her voice is difficult to work with due to her voice provider not using a microphone that allowed for clear recording.
In June 2013, an update was made, Dong Fang Zhi Zi V2.0, where she was given an updated Chinese voicebank and a CV Japanese voicebank. As of August 2013, the link has stopped working.
Dong Fang Zhi Zi has also been given a NIAONiao voicebank.
A term used to describe the VOCALOID software. In technical terms, the "engine" refers to Vocaloids core mechanics and inner workings used to control the voice synthesizer, rather then the visual surface and interface.
A fan-created term used to describe VOCALOIDs that are capable of singing in the English language only, though is often also been used as a general term for VOCALOIDs that were created with the intention of singing in English. An example of a notable Engloid would be Sweet ANN. Originally it applied only to Vocaloids of Zero-G Limited or PowerFX Systems AB..
This term is largely used to describe the act of dubbing over audio in ones native language. And similar to "Cover", it too is used to describe the act of a fan (usually an amateur) covering a known song by either singing or instrumental recreation.
- Fanmade VOCALOID (Fanloid)
A fan-created term used to describe fanmade characters that are inspired by YAMAHA's Vocal Synthesizer Tool VOCALOID.
FLELE is a "ghost" for the program Ukagaka, a program which allows the user to have an animated desktop buddy which can be changed at any time (The appearance is called the "shell", and the underlying is called the "ghost"; there can be multiple ghosts for a shell). FLELE is a ghost that can play music and can move, the concept of which is very popular among VOCALOID fans, and as such, there are many VOCALOID character shells to choose from.
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A fan-created term used to describe fanmade characters that have a heavy metal theme. An example of a notable Hagane-loid would be Hagane Miku.
- Human VOCALOID
A fan-created term used to describe humans with singing ability that alter their recorded voice in a VOCALOID-centric nature and also have VOCALOID-inspired avatars. Example of a notable one would be REOL.
- Item War
- A term to describe an often-heated debate over which VOCALOID or UTAU characters should be associated with a themed item, largely inspired by Hatsune Miku's negi (Welsh onion).
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- J-loid (Japaloid)
A fan-created term used to describe VOCALOIDs that are capable of singing in the Japanese language and/or VOCALOIDs that were created with the intention of singing in Japanese. An example of a notable J-loid would be Hatsune Miku.
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- LipSync model (Raster image processor @ Synchronizer)
A term to describe a free software that analyzes the UST and VSQ file in the audio editors, specifically ones developed by Yamaha. The output causes a drawn model (character) to appear animated and lip sync to a song.
A fan-created term used to describe synthesizing software for Garageband which runs on the MacOS, called the Macne series.
MeAw (メーウ) is the name of the cat-themed "virtual idols" who were released into "the VOCALOID culture". Their artwork is by Yusuke Kozaki, illustrator of SF-A2 miki. Their backstory is that they are two girls who came to Tokyo to train for 2 years to become idols. This is likely based on the story of the Thai twin unit, Neko Jump. Me has a pink ponytail and Aw has a blue side ponytail. Their outfits are blue and pink, with each girl having the blue and pink in opposite places to each other.
In both Japan and Overseas, there has been much confusion on their classification of "VOCALOID", consequentially owed to the way the pair were introduced and marketed. Their marketing consisted of two PVs and the CD releases Meaw Left ver. and Meaw Right ver. (August 2011). The first PV was in November 2010, "60th サマーオブラブ (60th Summer of Love)", directed by Tripshots with song by Kobayashi Onyx. The second PV was in July 2011, "pair* Factory MIX", directed by KDB of CGWORLD.jp. More of their songs can also be heard in the soundtrack of the anime short "Honto ni Atta! Reibai Sensei", which aired in April 2011.
Since then they have had no further appearances.
Due to the vagueness surrounding the pair and their developments there is doubt towards their authenticity as VOCALOID characters and vocals. On their official site, VOCALOID™ is not mentioned but instead written within the keywords as "ボーカロイド" (as highlighted here). This could have been done for search engine purposes. And while YAMAHA expanded their VOCALOID software licensing for private usage, the company does not acknowledged or mention the existence of MeAw, even though the PV and song producers claim that synthesizer technology was used.
Pronounced as "MEIKO-san juuroku-sai" (めいこさんじゅうろくさい) in Japanese. It can become a word play that is "MEIKO sanjuuroku-sai" which means "MEIKO 36-years old". Soon after Hatsune Miku was released, the trial of making MEIKO sing in a youthful voice was performed by some producers for opposing to Miku. MEIKO of a youthful voice is generally called "MEIKO(16)".
The first MEIKO(16) video "MEIKO - "Overthrow Miku! I tried loli-training to Meiko by my song. (sm1058196)" was made by yuukiss in September 14, 2007 however, that song was unfinished. A finished song video, the first video, "Tsuki ni Humming", was made by Dott-P in September 17, 2007. Sakine Meiko, who is the most famous MEIKO(16), appeared for the first time in April 11, 2008. Her voice was made by Nanameue-P and her picture was drawn by daigoman.
Was the file type extension .midi produced by VOCALOID voicebanks.
- MikuMikuDance (MMD)
Is a freeware animation program that lets users animate and create 3D animation movies,mostly with VOCALOID models along with personally made models of Fanmade vocaloids, models of various anime characters etc.
- Main article: MikuMikuDance
A state of the art speech synthesis software developed by the [[[wikipedia:Nagoya Institute of Technology|Nagoya Institute of Technology]]. This software employs MikuMikuDance as a foundation for its 3D rendering system, as well as allowing users to mantain a lively conversation with their 3D companion. Hatsune Miku is one of the many models that can be used to hold a conversation with.
- MikuMikuEffects (MME)
Effects that are used in the MikuMikuDance Programs.
- MikuMikuMoving (MMM)
A freeware animation program that builds upon what MikuMikuDance left off since MMD has stopped updating at ver.7.39. The program has the same functions to MikuMikuDance. However, several MikuMikuEffects might not be compatible with the program.
A program that analyzes human speech for pitch and converts it to a VSQ.
MikuPa (ミクパ) refers to as "Hatsune Miku`s Live Party". Every year on 3/9, SEGA and its affiliates put on a giant concert in Tokyo starring Vocaloid, Hatsune Miku. This date was chosen because the Japanese words for 'three' and 'nine' can be read as 'Miku'. It was originally held on March 9, 2010 at Zeep in Tokyo, there were two performances - an afternoon performance and an evening performance, and a total of 5000 fans came to see Miku live, along with another 4000 fans who watched via online streaming by use of Nico Nico Douga. The concert was run using the 3D model data created by SEGA for the Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA, while the character danced and sang, they were backed up by a live band. This was an introduction of a brand new type of entertainment from Japan that excited audiences all over the world.
The events popularity grew among growing fan base and soon Miku's fellow Vocaloids, the Kagamine's and Megurine Luka joined her on stage with their own 3D models and singing their own hit songs. However, the event is still Miku-centric as the name implies.
- Mikuture (みくちゃ, Mikucha)
Was a live-action AR Camera app were in users can shoot pictures using Mamama's Api Miku MMD model, It was first released for Android on July 6, 2014, then for iOS devices several days later on July 17. Mikuture, developed by Sorasu, is an augmented reality photo application featuring an appearance by Hatsune Miku who is owned by Crypton Future Media. The app's language can be changed between English and Japanese.
An update was made called Mikuture 2.0 but it is currently available only on the Android Play Store but will be available to the iOS App Store soon. The update brings the user a new experience of control improvements, new UI look, and 5 new (and free) downloadable characters: Snow Miku, Sakura Miku, Tda Miku, Yuzuki Yukari, and Flower.
Mikuture is, as aforementioned, an Augmented Reality (AR) synthesis phone app allowing you to take pictures with a 3D model of Miku placed in the photo that was taken. The Miku model can be changed in a variety of ways before the picture is taken, such as changing her pose and face, and can be placed in different spots of the camera.
A fan-created term used to describe VOCALOIDs created by the company PowerFX, whose VOCALOIDs have a monster themed appearance. An example of a notable Engloid would be Big Al, whose design is an homage to Frankenstein's monster.
- Music Video (MV)
When a fan decides to create their own video based upon a copyrighted or known source it becomes 'Fanvid' or (when animation is involved) Animated Music Video (AMV).
- Muzie (MZ)
A Japanese music sharing site for musicians.
- NicoNico Douga (ニコニコ動画)/ NND/ Nicovideo
A Japanese video-sharing site, NND is the source of most Japanese VOCALOID music. Videos are only watchable by members who have registered on the site (or that is how it's intended to be).
- Main article: Niconico
Was an exclusive Japanese site for VOCALOID producers and exclusive MMD models. It was invite only and knowledge of Japanese was required.
A fan-created term to describe VOCALOIDs that are capable of singing in an Opera-like manner. An example of a notable Operaloid would be Prima.
The Japanese center of the VOCALOID community. It was designed by Crypton Future Media to be a hub for everything related to VOCALOID and VOCALOID music development. The name is a combination of the terms "Peer" and "Production", likely to highlight its collaborative nature. Piapro is the only website with the permission to grant VOCALOID-producers the characteristic honorific "Ｐ".
- Main article: Piapro
A fan-created term used to describe a fanmade character whose voice is a pitched-up version of another known VOCALOID (or UTAU) voicebank by use of a third party audio program. It is also used when describing characters with a pitched voices that were done so by configuration of the VOCALOID or UTAU program.
A Japanese website which people can post artwork for others to see and use. A common topic to draw about is VOCALOID, so the site is often mentioned in the community.
- Polygon Model Data (PMD / PMDX)
A MikuMikuDance Model. The name comes from the characteristic ".pmd" file-extension associated with the model-files used by MMD. A PMDX has a ".pmdx" file-extension which allows more texture to be added onto the model than a PMD would allow.
- Polygon Model Editor (PMDE)
A program editor that allows editing PMD files.
- Producer ("-P")
A term to describe a VOCALOID song producer who has status in the VOCALOID Community. It originates from the IDOLM@STER games. The "P" acts as an honorific thus it is usually the community that grants the title not the producer themselves.
- Main article: Producer
- Promotional Video (PV)
When a fan decides to create their own video based upon a copyrighted or known source it becomes 'Fanmade PV' or (when animation is involved) Movie Anime Doujinshi (MAD). Example of a notable 3DPV is "[Hatsune Miku] Miku Miku ni shite ageru♪ [3DPV]". 3DPV means three-dimensional Promotional Video. Most 3DPV's are made with MikuMikuDance, or other similar programs. The "PV" abbreviation is used more in Japanese Pop Culture than "MV" although "PV" could also refer to things other than music.
- Main article: Vocaloid Fanmade Promotion Video
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A fan-created term used to describe a branch of fanmade characters that are robotic and have vocals that are metallic and sing with noticeably distorted music. An example of a notable Roboloid would be Tetsune Rena.
A series in the VOCALOID community refers to a group of songs that relate to one another by producer and theme. Occasionally a series is born from an answers song(s), to a determined previous song, revealing some aspect(s) or a different point view to the original song, that was not initially shown. On some occasions these answer songs are done by a different author. When this song is confirmed as canon by the original author they can form into a series; if not, is just a derivative of the original song.
All the songs that conform to a series are original VOCALOID songs in their own right, but due to their different characteristics, in which they explain complex storylines or universe, this category was created to differentiate them from the individual original VOCALOID songs.
A song is a single (and often standalone) work of music that is typically intended to be sung.
- SoundCloud (SC)
An audio-streaming website. Members can leave comments on uploads and rate them.
A fan-created term used to describe the act of getting a VOCALOID or UTAU to talk instead of sing.
- Thanks Giving Day
Miku no hi kansha-sai 39's (Thank's) Giving Day (ミクの日感謝祭 39's (Sanku's) Giving dē) . Definition pending
- TmBox (TM)
A Japanese website described as a 'Social Sound Sharing Service'.
- Utatte Mita (歌ってみた / "Tried singing")
A term to describe the act of a fan (usually an amateur) covering a known song by singing.
An UTAU sequence file. The term comes from the ".ust" file-extension associated with UTAU project-files.
A freeware voice-synthesis software that is considered by most to be the free alternative to VOCALOID or VOCALOID2. Unlike VOCALOID, UTAU is not distributed as individual characters, but as a program with two default characters, and the ability to create new ones using samples (which can be shared). The distributors of UTAU make it very clear that the use of a person's voice for the purpose of creating a new UTAU character is strictly illegal unless the person has given expressed permission.
- Main article: UTAU
A fan-created term used to describe voicebanks that are created and function by use the Vocal Synthesizer Tool UTAU, with accompanying personified avatars (original characters). Example of a notable UTAUloid would be Defoko.
- Vimeo (VM)
A video-sharing website in which users can upload, share and view videos.
A fan-created term used to describe faux VOCALOID characters who are created with the intention of convincing the fandom that they are official YAMAHA based VOCALOIDs. Example of a notable Vipperloid would be Kasane Teto.
A developing plug-in for VOCALOID that analyzes a human voice for pitch and dynamics to help imitate human singing for VOCALOID.
A term to describe a song producer that uses the VOCALOID engine.
The trademark name and general name for the franchise which includes: engines, voice banks, and mascots.
- Main article: VOCALOID
The name later given to the first VOCALOID engine, abbreviated as V1.
- Main article: VOCALOID
The second VOCALOID engine, abbreviated as V2.
- Main article: VOCALOID2
The third VOCALOID engine, abbreviated as V3.
- Main article: VOCALOID3
The fourth VOCALOID engine, abbreviated as V4.
- Main article: VOCALOID4
- VOCALOIDⒻag (Ⓣard)
Same as CryptonⒻag, only much more specific, these fans only follow a specific VOCALOID and do not feel other VOCALOIDs are even comparable to it. An example is a MikuⒻag only follows Miku and a LenⒻag only follows Len.
- VOCALOIDOtaku (VO)
An English, overseas VOCALOID forum.
Characters from the VOICEROID program produced by AH-Software that imitates talking rather than singing.
- Main article: VOICEROID
A fan-created term used to describe fanmade VOCALOIDs that are representations of failure to produce a pleasing result using the VOCALOID program. Example of a VOYAKILOID would be Yowane Haku.
A VOCALOID2 sequence file. The term comes from the ".vsq" file-extension associated with VOCALOID2 project-files. This file type replaced the VOCALOID type extension "VOCALOID midi".
A VOCALOID3 sequence file. The term comes from the ".vsq" file-extension associated with VOCALOID3 project-files. This file type replaced the VOCALOID2 type extension "VSQ".
An internet-term that describes a person who is overly obsessed with the Japanese culture, the technical term is "Japanophile" and is often applied to fans of anime and manga. This term is applied to those within the VOCALOID circle who are only interested in VOCALOID due to the Japanese cultural influence and would have no interest otherwise, nor are interested in non-Japanese VOCALOIDs due to not being Japanese. It is often misapplied to all VOCALOID fans, even those who do not follow Japanese VOCALOIDs and those who are not obsessed with the Japanese culture.
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- YouTube (YT)
A widely-known and used video-sharing website. Members can leave comments on videos and rate them.
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